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A Delicious Katsudon for 650 Yen at Hozenji Yokocho “Katsudon” in Osaka

Writer : takoyakikun

Despite being in the Minami shopping district of Osaka, Hozenji Yokocho is a quiet, atmospheric area with cobbled stone streets.
Yokocho is an 80-meter-long and 3-meter-wide street that’s full of well-known gourmet restaurants.
Today I visited “Katsudon,” a restaurant that, as its name suggests, specializes in katsudon (pork cutlet bowls).

Exterior of Katsudon
Exterior of Katsudon

There are usually always customers waiting their turn lined up outside of the restaurant, but for some reason today there was no line.
However, even if there is a line, the turnover rate is pretty quick, so you won’t be waiting long for a seat.

Katsudon’s Menu
Katsudon’s Menu

In addition to standard katsudon, they also have other dishes that use tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet), like kare-katsu donburi and tonkatsu set meals.
All of the options are around 700 yen. That’s a great price!

A Message Encouraging You to Eat Delicious Katsudon
A Message Encouraging You to Eat Delicious Katsudon

Inside of the restaurant is a small, narrow space with only around 10 counter seats.
You pay when you order.

A Version of Katsudon with the Katsu and Rice Separated

Katsudon 650 yen
Katsudon 650 yen

One of the unique things about this restaurant is how they serve the topping and the rice separately.
You can choose to eat them separately or top the rice with the katsu.
However, it’s easy to make a mess if you try to top the rice right away, so I don’t recommend that.

Katsudon Toppings
Katsudon Toppings
Rice
Rice

The rice is cooked to a perfectly fluffy finish and is delicious!

The eggs are cooked to a delightful half-done!
The eggs are cooked to a delightful half-done!

The katsu had soaked up plenty of the slightly-sweetened broth. The seafood broth was seasoned beautifully!
The katsu is fried as each order comes in, so parts of it are still nice and crispy; yum!

Free Umeboshi and Pickled Daikon
Free Umeboshi and Pickled Daikon

I love this kind of old-fashioned sour umeboshi!

House-Made Furikake
House-Made Furikake

This furikake is made with the same fish used in the broth ground up.

The furikake is delicious too, and I could probably eat all of the rice with just this!

Katsu on the Rice
Katsu on the Rice

After I’d finished about half of it, I put the rest of my katsu on the rice.
There was plenty of broth in the toppings, so it was a bit soupy. The rice then soaked up that broth, making it even more delicious!

I definitely recommend eating here if you want a tasty meal quickly and for cheap.

Basic information on Katsudon

OPEN
Address
1-1-18 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka[MAP]
Access
5 minutes on foot from Namba Station
Tel
06-6213-7585
Business Hours
11 am - 8 pm (Until 3 pm on Mondays)
Closed
No scheduled holidays